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LIVE MARKETS-Opening snapshot: trade & tyres

* European shares open higher

* Michelin (Paris: FR0000121261 - news) outlook boosts autos

* Kering (LSE: 0IIH.L - news) fails to impress

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OPENING SNAPSHOT: TRADE & TYRES (0846 GMT)

European shares are up for a second day after taking a beating last week, helped by hopes

around the resumption of trade talks between China and Washington and a strong update from

Michelin, which is rallying 10 percent to the top of the STOXX 600 after the

tyre maker pledged a profit gain this year.

Its gains are spreading to the whole auto sector, while shares in other companies

that supply the automotive industry, such as chipmakers, are also doing well.

Well-received results also from German wholesaler Metro (Dusseldorf: 62M.DU - news) and staffing company

Randstad boosted their shares, while a small beat from luxury giant Kering (Swiss: KER.SW - news)

failed to impress investors.

Also lifting sentiment is the possible aversion of a second government shutdown after U.S.

lawmakers reached a tentative deal on border security funding.

Here's your opening snapshot:

(Danilo Masoni)

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WHAT WE'RE WATCHING BEFORE THE OPEN (0755 GMT)

European shares are expected to open higher, boosted by optimism about the U.S.-China trade

negotiations and relief after U.S. lawmakers reached a tentative deal on border security funding

to avert another government shutdown. Futures on main euro-zone benchmarks are trading up more

than 0.5 percent, with trade-sensitive DAX up as much as 0.8 percent.

Earnings will also help drive direction, with strong numbers from Gucci owner Kering,

Michelin and Randstad, while Thyssenkrupp (IOB: 0O1C.IL - news) delivered a mixed report.

The German steel-to-elevator maker stood by its 2018/19 targets but warned the global

economic environment is darkening after reporting a big drop in Q1 results. Its shares are up

1.5 percent in early Frankfurt trade.

Randstad, the world's second-largest staffing company, posted a 1 percent rise in

fourth-quarter underlying earnings, slightly ahead of analysts' estimates, amid slowing European

markets. German online classifieds company Scout24 (IOB: 0RB8.IL - news) stood by its 2019 guidance. Its shares were

indicating higher.

Gucci owner Kering reported a 24.2 percent rise in comparable sales in the fourth quarter,

slightly above forecasts even against a cooling economic backdrop in China. Echoing upbeat

comments from rival LVMH about China's appetite for luxury goods last week, the company said it

did not observe any sales slowdown among its Chinese clientele in Q4.

Elsewhere in retail, Germany’s Metro shares are up 2.8 percent after its results, while

embattled department store Debenhams (Frankfurt: D2T.F - news) is expected to get a boost after securing a 40 million

pound in funding.

Some good news for the autos suppliers which, like luxury goods companies, has been rattled

by worries over China demand - Michelin pledged to deliver a further rise in operating profit

this year despite challenging conditions in its main tyre markets as it posted

better-than-expected results for 2018. Its shares were seen up 2-3 percent.

But Renault will be in focus after Nissan slashed its FY outlook.

In banking, Vontobel posted a 14-percent rise in adjusted full-year net profit, as Swiss

private bank and asset manager took in 5 billion Swiss francs ($4.98 billion) in fresh client

money. Its shares were indicated to open down 2 percent.

Hot on the heels of its profit warning last week, TUI (LSE: 0NLA.L - news) said underlying losses had widened in

its first quarter, inline with company expectations.

In dealmaking, pressure is mounting for logistics firm Panalpina, with Artisan Partners,

which owns 12 percent of the company, calling on the board to reassess DSV (LSE: 0JN9.L - news) 's takeover offer.

Other headlines of interest:

Online trading platform Plus500 (Stuttgart: P55.SG - news) expects 2019 results to be below expectations;

Indivior Says Court Denied Its Motion To Prevent Sale Of Suboxone Copycats;

Norway's Kvaerner to pay first dividend since 2015;

'Hold your nerve on Brexit,' Theresa May to tell British lawmakers;

Debenhams Announces Additional 40 Mln Stg Credit Agreement;

Bayer (IOB: 0P6S.IL - news) 's Monsanto (Hamburg: 1132157.HM - news) wins arbitration ruling over royalties from Indian seed company;

European insurer ERGO to sell non-life business in Russia;

Norway's sport retailer XXL (LSE: 0R3P.L - news) scraps dividend for 2018 amid poor results;

Renault (LSE: 0NQF.L - news) 's Senard to meet Nissan CEO Saikawa in Japan this week - Nissan

(Josephine Mason)

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EARNINGS A PLENTY (0658 GMT)

We've got plenty of earnings to digest this morning: Gucci-owner Kering, TUI, Thyssenkrupp (Amsterdam: TH6.AS - news)

and Bank Vontobel to name a few.

Just days after its FY profit warning, TUI has reported a widening loss in its first quarter

to end-December, inline with the company's expectations, and said it expects bookings broadly

inline with the previous year.

Thyssenkrupp saw a drop in Q1 adjusted EBIT and warned that the global economic environment

is darkening, but the number was higher than the Refinitiv estimate and the German industrial

giant stood by its 2018/19 targets.

In banking, Vontobel posted a 14-percent rise in adjusted full-year net profit, as Swiss

private bank and asset manager took in 5 billion Swiss francs ($4.98 billion) in fresh client

money.

Delivering an increase in 2018 revenue and operating income, Kering CFO has just said the

company did not observe any sales slowdown among Chinese clientele in Q4. That echoes comments

from LVMH last week.

Elsewhere in retail, Norwegian sport retailer XXL has scrapped its dividend, citing

disappointing results in the fourth quarter of 2018. That follows a major profit warning in

December.

Some good news from the autos sector which, like luxury goods companies, has been rattled by

worries over China demand - Michelin pledged to deliver a further rise in operating profit this

year despite challenging conditions in its main tyre markets as it posted better-than-expected

results for 2018.

British Airways owner, IAG has said it would cap ownership of its shares by non-Europeans at

the current 47.5 percent level to maintain its status as a European-owned airline. That will

ease concerns about possible disruption after Brexit.

In seed and drug news, Bayer's Monsanto unit has won proceedings against Indian seed maker

Nuziveedu Seeds Ltd (NSL (SES: N02.SI - news) ) in a royalty dispute, lawyers familiar with the matter said.

(Josephine Mason)

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EUROPE SEEN STRONGER (0623 GMT)

European shares are expected to open higher this morning

There's no new news on the trade talks, mind, and there might not be for days (if at all) -

discussions among deputy-level officials started on Monday before minister-level meetings later

in the week. At the end of January, talks ended with some progress, but mostly U.S. declarations

that much more work was needed.

Underscoring the risks facing the world's No. 2 economy as it navigates the trade spat

though, China's commerce ministry warned that consumption growth is likely to slow further this

year as the economy cools.


Financial spreadbetters IG (Frankfurt: A0EARV - news) expect London's FTSE to open 17 points higher at 7,146,

Frankfurt's DAX to open 63 points higher at 11,078 and Paris' CAC to open 31 points higher at

5,045.

(Josephine Mason)

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